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Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day REPOST

Today marks the founding of our Country. Brigid comments on the sacrifice of many for us to be who we are as a Nation.

For me today was somewhat therapeutic. Remembering those that gave all. How sad that the politically correct term for today is now "the 4th of July" instead of what it is. A turn away from tyranny won with blood.

So I finished up on this:













This mark is the Imperial Japanese chrysanthemum. It was placed on this rifle to state that it was the personal property of the Emperor. Much like the Enfield that bore the mark of the Crown. 

It is interesting to note that this battle rifle had the mark of a person upon it, an allegiance to one man. This one does not.

The M1 Garand nomenclature bears no mark of a person, just a Nation. Simply put it says: "US Rifle".

My friends that gave me the Japanese battle rifle sent me an Email today: " I gave my Uncle a little heaven shout out this morning in honor of the 4th and his time served to this country". That is where it came from. The "mum" is not defaced, meaning that the rifle was not formally surrendered, some young man brought it back from horrible places and the worst of times. 

Let us never forget.  

More commentary on the M1 here  

21 comments:

  1. Outstanding. You truly understand what is important.

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  2. The toll we have paid as a nation is staggering. To think so many are willing to give it away for a deposit on their HHS debit card tears my heart apart. I pray for better days . . . .

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    1. Thanks Murph. Well said is not something I hear a lot.

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  4. Here's hoping and yes, *PRAYING* (PC be damned) that we can turn away from the current illness that has afflicted our nation.

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  5. Wow, what a profound post.

    I hope you had a good Independence Day.

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    1. Thanks Brooke, I hope you and yours had a good one too.

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  6. Excellent point Keads, OUR history is significantly different... And Happy 4th to you!

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  7. Most excellent rifles. Bring 'em up and I'll make you some rounds for that Jap vet.

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    1. Will do ML. Can't wait! Very generous of you too.

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  8. I have a Arisaka 99. More accurate than I am. Mine also still has the Chrysanthemums stamps on it and the anti-aircraft sights. Got it and a brought back K98 from my friend whose uncle fought in WW2. would love to know the whole story on them. Was humbled that he wanted me to have them.

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  9. Yep, quite the difference when one thinks about it...

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